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Yosemite and its Visitors

8 Dec

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

Michael Childers is working on a history of the administration of Yosemite National Park. He has blogged a bit about this. He now has some closing thoughts about the place, and how visitors’ experiences are key to that place: Celebrating Yosemite 12: Closing Thoughts and Hiking Half Dome | BlogWest.org.

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Of Chinese immigrants, ties (not railroad), and Oregon parks

10 Jul

Christy Sweet is the curator at Kam Wah Chung, an Oregon State Parks historic site in John Day, Oregon. (Yes, that Christy–once upon a time, my student assistant, and so a NWC alumna and, of course, a history major.)

She is happy to welcome visitors to her historic site. You don’t need to tie a tie there, though … (watch the video, though. That narrow cloth thing around the man’s neck is called a tie … ties are becoming historic artifacts …)

Carl Preussl’s Old Faithful

24 Mar

Carl Preussl painted Yellowstone’s Old Faithful (1929) in a manner that suggests nature’s power, both in geyser and in color. Tourists, then and now, pay attention, at least for a moment. (Cars were no longer new in the park then; you can see touring cars depicted in the painting at the bottom.)

The original is at the Whitney Gallery of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. A post on the painting from the BBCW is here: Treasures: Carl Preussl’s Old Faithful.

Sesquicentennial Gettysburg vs. Gettysburg

10 Jul

John Fea of Messiah College highlights a tension worth noting this sesquicentennial year for Gettysburg and other events of the Civil War in 1863: preserving and commemorating “sacred ground” and commercialism. You can read his post here:

The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Gettysburg vs. Gettysburg.

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